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Itinerary review and a few suggestions for two LA hounds in Paris in March 2011

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Hello All,

I've been doing my research and slowly putting together my dining itinerary for our upcoming trip in late march. We are both in our late 20's, adventurous eaters, have lived in NYC prior to LA so are not scared off by small/cramped/loud places, and love a good value when it comes to food - this does not nessesarily mean cheap, but more of a good use of money and calories! One thing to consider is that all of our dinners during the week will have to be relatively early affairs, since we will need to be back in our room from 9pm to 10:30pm for my husbands work (he needs to trade, so he is tied to the New York stock exchange closing hours!)

Our budget goal is under 200EU/dinner with one bottle of wine with the exception of the splurge at Le Cinq - please let me know if this is reasonable given our plans.

Here's what I have come up with:

Arriving Sunday at 3pm - staying in the 11th near Saint Ambrose metro

JeanneA for first night's dinner (Sunday)
We want a cute casual cafe/bistro type setting, close to our apartment. We will be getting in around 3pm from L.A., so I'm pretty sure my husband will be starving. We are seasoned travelers and usually handle jetlag quite well, so not so much a concern, but still wanted something easy in our neighborhood or a nice walk (up to 30min) that would be a good start to our trip and get us in the french spirit. Also open to something in the Marais.... looking to keep this relatively cheap and casual...

MONDAY: Les Violon d'Ingres - thinking since it is open on monday and have read good reviews - would this be a nice choice for a traditional (food-wise) bistro type of meal? What can we expect for the bill with one bottle of wine for two people? Anything you would recommend instead? Also thinking maybe this would be a good day to try a morrocon/algerian place instead - any recommendations that would be open on monday?

TUESDAY: Considering L'ami Jean, Josephine Chez Dumonet, or La Regalade - what would be the best bang for the buck food quality-wise?

WEDNESDAY: Frenchie (confirmed reservations)

THURSDAY: Spring - Would this be very similar to Frenchie? If so, which one would you pick?
Also thinking of doing their wine class for 60EU/person that they offer on Thursdays - anyone try this? Was it good (the wine class)? If not, what would you recommend instead?

FRIDAY: Trying for Chateaubriand - told to call closer to the day

SATURDAY: dinner at Le Cinq (reserved) - our final meal in Paris and also our one big splurge - would this be the best bet? We are hoping to stay around 500 EU total with a bottle of wine - is this a reasonable expectation for dinner? Is there another option you guys would recommend that is of that grand/fancy/beautiful setting/excellent food persuasion?

Planning to snack throughout the day for lunch/breakfasts.

Need recommendations for a good morning stop for pastries/bread/cafe close to where we are staying near Metro Saint Ambrose in the 11th.

Does this list of restaurants offer a good variety in terms of style of cooking/ambiance? Also, where would be my best bet for duck confit from all of these options?

Thanks again for all of your help!!

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  1. Sounds like a great line-up to me. Frenchie and Spring in a row will not be repetitive. I would keep both. For Tuesday, my pick would be Chez L'Ami Jean over La Regalade (I haven't been to Josephine Chez Dumonet).

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    1. re: Nancy S.

      Thanks Nancy - any ideas for Monday - is JeanneA our best bet?

      1. re: nataliya.v

        I haven't been to Jeanne A., but from what I have read it sounds like a good first night restaurant for you, especially given its location.